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Sadiku goal not enough to earn win against relegation strugglers

The Malaga players celebrate the opening goal.
The Malaga players celebrate the opening goal. / Salvador Salas
  • Malaga are still waiting for their first victory of the restart after being pegged back by Extremadura on Saturday night

Armando Sadiku's twelfth goal of the season was not enough for Malaga to earn their first win since the restart as they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Extremadura at La Rosaleda on Saturday night.

The Albanian put his team ahead in the 28th minute but the Blue and Whites were unable to extend their lead and were pegged back midway through the second half when Extremadura captain Giovanni Zarfino headed home to steal a draw.

Malaga showed their attacking intent early on and Hicham Boussefiane – in the starting eleven for the first time since the season restart - had two early chances but fired over both times after being released down the right wing.

Juanpi was as ever a danger from free kicks, delivering one to Sadiku who headed wide, and then striking another which arced towards the top corner but was well stopped by veteran goalkeeper Casto.

Goalkeeper Munir put in another good performance.

Goalkeeper Munir put in another good performance. / Salvador Salas

Malaga found the goal they deserved after a terrific team move. Tete Morente, Luis Muñoz and Juankar exchanged passes before Tete's low cross from the left found Sadiku who finished off emphatically at the near post to put his team in front.

Sergio Pellicer's side, more fluent in attack than against Tenerife, looked more likely to score and almost did again, but Juanpi missed narrowly after a nice run at the Extremadura defence.

The visitors created their first real opportunity at the end of the first half, when Nono punted a clever shot on goal which Munir saved acrobatically just before half time.

Malaga looked unlikely to grab another goal until almost an hour played, when Juanpi followed up one of his corners with a low shot, which was well saved.

Substitute Renato Santos also went close, but Casto saved once again at his near post.

The team’s inability to follow up with another goal was punished in the 64th minute when Zarfino floated a header into the top corner from Álex Díez’s free kick.

Extremadura, second from bottom in the Segunda table, were more commanding in possession during the second half but needed Casto again to stop a powerful shot from full-back Ismael Casas.

At the other end, Zarfino could have put his side ahead with yet another header, but this time Munir was there to deny him and the points were shared.